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Wofford receives international award for debate website

CASE Circle of Excellence Bronze Award

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Republican presidental candidates on stage at the Nov. 12, 2011, Commander in Chief Debate held at Wofford, presented by CBS News, National Journal and the S.C. Republican Party.

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Wofford College website created to highlight the “Commander in Chief” Republican Presidential Candidates Debate held at the college in November 2011 has received international recognition.

The site, at www.wofford.edu/debate/, received a Bronze Award from Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), headquartered in Washington, D.C., in its international 2012 Circle of Excellence Awards program. There were 87 entries in the category, and others receiving Bronze Awards were Boston University, College of William & Mary, Harvard Kennedy School and Princeton University. American University received a gold award in the category, and winners of the silver award were Columbia College Chicago, Columbia University and Indiana University. 

Designed by the college’s Office of Information Management in collaboration with the Office of Communications and Marketing, the site provided detailed information about the Nov. 12 debate, presented by CBS News and National Journal. Also included were photographs of the Wofford campus, an experts list for news media and other campus information. The debate also was “tweeted” live through the site from the college’s Twitter account and it now houses a video of the entire debate, which was broadcast live on CBS for the first hour and carried another 30 minutes live on the CBS and National Journal websites. 

During the month of November the site recorded more than 20,000 page views. 

This year, 567 institutions of higher education, independent schools and non-profit organizations worldwide submitted more than 2,800 entries in 40 categories for consideration in the Circle of Excellence awards program. Judges gave 275 bronze, silver and gold awards. Nineteen institutions received the top prize of a grand gold award.

CASE is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,400 universities, colleges, schools and related organizations in 74 countries. It is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of alumni relations, communications, education fundraising and marketing.